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Bullard’s Soccer Season Kicks Off on the Right Foot

Jacob Slater, Staff Writer

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Bullard should have a lot to cheer for this soccer season as the Boys and Girls have started it off strong.

The girls team have had a relatively easy time early on with finding the back of the net 14 times in the first two games, one being an 11-0 drubbing of Sunnyside before finding the first blemish of their record against Clovis North in a 1-0 match.

In talking to sophomore varsity keeper, Baylie Hill, expectations are clearly high, “Oh we’re good, goal is nothing less than valleys.” You can tell the girls have quite a chip on their shoulder after last years heartbreaking extra time loss to North in the playoffs, giving them a little something more to play for. A valley title this year would be a blast from the past, similar to Bullard’s prior dominance in, and around, the valley considering their last appearance in the game in 2013 or even their unreal run to the state championship game in 2011.  High expectations are nothing new for the lady knights.

Just before their most recent tournament this past weekend, the Bullard boys soccer team found some early confidence after a win against Clovis North just a few days ago. They soon found trouble though, with a loss to Mendota, but quickly erased it with an explosion of offense against Merced. They ended the tournament 1-2.

The guys team, led by Coach Igal Francis, have suffered the loss of leaders such as last year’s leading scorer Christian Cline but still have talent through the ranks in sophomore Daniel Cossette and senior Jose Alex Covarrubias. In asking the sophomore Cossette about replacing old talent he had a quick response, leaving it simply, “We need to step up, I mean they’re gone, we can’t just stand around.” Even without Cline or Gonzalez, this team’s confidence is undeniable. If you ask Coach Francis what his goals are this year, there’s only one word. Valleys.

There’s no falling short this year for the knights as both have started off well, and once CMAC (County-Metro Athletic Conference) play gets underway the knights will likely see more of the same from their squad. The girls start tournament play this weekend, and the guys will be at Buchanan next Tuesday at three.

 

 

 

 

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